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Giveaway of Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker!

June 11, 2009

Brandon Sanderson’s new novel, Warbreaker, came out in stores on Tuesday, and to celebrate, Dot Lin at Tor Books has generously offered to send a copy to one of my readers!

If you don’t want to wait, head to Amazon to pick up your own copy!

Sanderson’s one of my favorite authors, and he’s certainly my favorite source for new epic fantasy. I really enjoyed this book (read my review of Warbreaker here, but don’t just take my word for it… check out the other blurbs, along with with a good summary and links to more book information at Brandon’s blog.)

I think many of you will love it too… If you’ve read his other books, you’ll know what I’m talking about; if you like fantasy but haven’t read any of his books, you’re seriously missing out; and if you don’t read epic fantasy… well, no time like the present to broaden your horizons, eh? So let’s get on with it already, shall we?

Because Warbreaker has so many funny parts – more than you might expect in an epic fantasy novel, I’m going to ask about your favorite funny character – in fantasy or otherwise.

– Leave a comment below telling us about a funny man – or woman! – that you’ve come across in your reading. Who’s got the best one-liners? Who takes the best pratfalls? Which characters, in short, never fail to crack you up?

– Make sure the e-mail address you enter on the comment form below is a) valid, and b) one you check regularly. No one but me will see it, but I need to have some way to contact you if you win.

That’s it! This giveaway will run for two weeks, through 24 June 2009, and is open to folks with a mailing address in the US or Canada. (International readers, don’t despair! I’ve got at least two giveaways coming up before the end of the summer that will be open worldwide.)

26 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2009 5:28 am

    Ooh, tough question. Not many characters make me laugh out loud. The last book I read with characters that were really funny was Undead and Unwelcome by MaryJanice Davidson. Betsy Taylor, the main character, is very funny at times, and so is one of her sidekicks. I guess I don’t read very many funny books.

  2. June 11, 2009 8:28 am

    Wow, Meghan’s right, this is tough. I apparently need to read some material with more levity in it soon.

    I’m actually going to go with Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz books, which delight me to no end. (I haven’t read any of his other books, so would love to try one.) Alcatraz Smedry is wonderfully snarky, and you can’t go wrong with Evil Librarians in the mix. And the third book comes out in October!

  3. John permalink
    June 11, 2009 11:20 am

    Most funny fantasy character I’ve read about in a long time is defintely Inquisitor/Superior/Arch Lector Glokta from Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy. He’s a completely amoral, crippled, ex-soldier who has the most sardonic and cynical view of everything, even his own body and mind. The bit where he threatens to pluck his own eye out if it doesn’t stop watering at inopportune moments is lol hilarious! But maybe that’s just me. No need to enter me in the contest. Might seem like bias.

    • June 11, 2009 3:13 pm

      I’m not worried so much about bias as I am about the fact that a) you don’t keep physical copies of books anyways, and they mostly just wind up back on my shelves, and b) you’re currently already reading my copy of Warbreaker. :)

  4. brenda helgeson permalink
    June 11, 2009 5:38 pm

    probably scout finch, just because i relate to her, her awkwardness with growing up and the fact she hasn’t found her censor yet to her brain and just speaks as she feels

  5. June 11, 2009 7:29 pm

    I think Hannah from “The Twilight Before Christmas” had the best one liners because as a sister myself, you tend to pick up on these things and it becomes naturally funny.

  6. John permalink
    June 11, 2009 8:03 pm

    You make a point.

  7. Ted M permalink
    June 11, 2009 9:33 pm

    The funniest scene in any book I’ve ever read was Fear and Loathing 1972 by Hunter Thompson and the scene was him with a vacuum cleaner and a snake.

  8. Mary D permalink
    June 12, 2009 12:42 am

    Okay, this is hand’s down the funniest (and forget the movie version, it didn’t hold a candle to the book!) thing I have ever read in my entire life – is FUNNY FARM by Jay Cronley, the scene is where Andy discovers he is eating ‘mountain oysters’ at one of the local beaneries! I think I laughed til I cried!

  9. June 12, 2009 9:55 am

    This is tough. I’m not much of a laugh aloud kind of a reader, and I had to wrack my brain to find a character who’d actually made me do so. My first instinct was to go with Mildmay from Sarah Monette’s DOCTRINE OF LABYRINTHS, since he gets me giggling every couple of pages. Then I thought of Locke Lamora, whose sarcasm really appeals to me. There’s this one scene between him and Jean in RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES that makes me howl whenever I so much as think about it. So I’m gonna choose the wishy-washy option and say it’s a tie.

    Oh, and I also laugh at, like, everyone from Buffy and Angel, and they’ve all made the transition to comics now. They’re literary!

  10. Christina Brunetti permalink
    June 12, 2009 1:49 pm

    I would love to read this.

    My current favorite is Jennifer Lancaster and her books about her life. Bitter is the New Black is the best one.

  11. Belinda permalink
    June 13, 2009 3:44 am

    Milo from Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Deleware series of books makes me laugh with his humor.

  12. June 13, 2009 10:39 am

    So far, I’d have to say that the funniest character in a book that never failed to crack me up was Aisling Grey, of Katie MacAlister’s Aisling Grey, Guardian Novels. I loved them! I was so dissapointed to find out there were only 4 books, but extremely happy when she started writing more dragon novels! I haven’t started her new dragon novels yet, but I have the first 2 sitting here waiting to be devoured (as soon as I catch up on some others!).

    Thanks for giving me a chance to win this book,

  13. June 13, 2009 12:21 pm

    I’m don’t think I read many books that make me laugh out loud, but while I was reading your description I was thinking of Alcatraz Smedry (I know PhoenixTerran already chose him). He’s got some great lines.

    A character that never fails to make me smile is Sammy Keyes from her mysteries by Wendelin Van Draanen.

  14. Sarah Z permalink
    June 13, 2009 6:42 pm

    Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s series cracks me up! Her characters are so funny!

  15. kdet62 permalink
    June 14, 2009 2:01 pm

    I love Terry Pratchett’s Disc World Series and I never fail to laugh out loud at Nanny Ogg, one of the witches.

  16. Ben permalink
    June 14, 2009 9:07 pm

    Books !Woooooo

  17. Belinda McNabb permalink
    June 14, 2009 9:42 pm

    The most entertaining novel I have ever read would have to be The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by douglas adam’s. The character, Arthur Dent was very amusing.

  18. June 15, 2009 1:37 am

    Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series–how can I not laugh at a chick that manages to make wearing monster guts hilarious? Plus she knows more one-liners then I can think of. A good back up is Annja Creed from the Rogue Angel series…but that depends on who’s writing the book.

    (and yeah Brandon Sanderson is my new book god for epic fantasy)

  19. Mishia permalink
    June 16, 2009 4:35 am

    I’d say The main character from the f*** up. He gets into all kinds of crazy situations.

  20. June 16, 2009 7:55 am

    I’ve been reading – and loving – Brandon Sanderson lately. This sounds like such a fun book.

    Gosh – a funny person in the books I’ve been reading? The only ones I can think of come from children’s books – Junie B. Jones, Clementine from Sara Pennypacker’s series, um … hum … that’s all I can think of!

  21. June 17, 2009 7:53 pm

    the funniest person i’ve ever come across in reading is…..either Bobby Pendragon from the ten-book PENDRAGON series, or Jaz Parks in her series, which is six books long so far. Both are wise-asses, and super witty. They make me laugh so much!

    • June 17, 2009 7:55 pm

      and also…. Dawn Madison from Vampire Babylon. She doesn’t intentially be funny, but she just makes it happen!!!

  22. SUMMER permalink
    June 19, 2009 3:47 pm

    The Character Odd Thomas in the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz never fails to make me laugh. He is very funny.

  23. Roxanne permalink
    June 28, 2009 10:38 pm

    Any of Terry Pratchett’s discworld series and characters are my ‘go to’ books when I want a fun read – have burst out laughing on more than one occasion


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